Chefkirk (USA) material is a structured, well focused noise. Iversen (Norway) track is more obscure and atmospheric.
August 13, 2004
from Vital Weekly #426
More Chefkirk, aka Roger Smith, launched onto the world. Here on a split with Iversen, who also seems to be as active as ever. Chefkirk offers twelve tracks of his sample based noise, which sometimes works out quite nice, such as in '(R+M)/2 METHOD', but occassionally leaps into a clone of Merzbow, without surpassing the master himself. But here Chefkirk keeps his tracks short and that is altogether not a bad thing. The more quiet and or more rhythm ones make the release worthwhile.
Iversen's 'Caligula Symphony D' is a twenty-one minute work that like the Chefkirk piece works on a variety of levels, such as quietness, noise and rhythm, but here packed as one track, which makes it harder to digest and in his built up and structure of the piece, the odd note is struck, which made me think that Iversen is jamming around with some sounds, rather than working along a pre-conceived plan. Which is a pity because there is some potentional in this music. (FdW)